37-year-old Jason Bowman, and his wife, 53-year-old Jane Bowman, formerly of Sheridan and now residing in Casper, were arraigned in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday on two counts.
Count One is for an incident that occurred in Sheridan on March 26, 2009 for Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine. Count Two is for Conspiracy to Deliver – Methamphetamine between 2008 and March 2009. Both are felony charges, and both carry potential sentences of up to twenty years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both.
Each defendant plead “Not Guilty” to the charges. A trial date has been scheduled for October 13th and 14th, and most likely it will be a joint trial.
When Judge Fenn asked about bond, Jason Bowman's attorney, Robert Jones, and Jane Bowman's attorney, Shelley Cundiff, asked Judge John Fenn to modify the dollar amount from $10,000 to $1,000. Prosecutor for the State, Deputy County Attorney Christopher LaRosa, argued that $10,000 was an appropriate bond, given the potential risk the couple poses to the community.
But Jones countered, saying that neither of the Bowmans has a criminal history, and they have a child, who has been living with grandparents. Jones also said that Jason Bowman would live in Casper with his father. Cundiff said that Jane Bowman was expecting her 15-year-old daughter home for the summer on a visitation stay.
Judge Fenn took about ten minutes to review charging documents, and finally ruled to modify the bond to $1,000. He also said that each is to be subject to random drug and alcohol screening and testing between now and the trial date.